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Our Cells, Our Selves

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Our Cells, Our Selves

Our Cells, Our Selves

Eating and being from the depths of the Ocean to inside the human body
How the immune system may have given rise to juvenile diabetes

2007 release

Our Cells, Our Selves - The Trailer

XrayIslet CellsSwallowing cells - Phagocytosisimmune cells near the lining of the intestine

Shots from the movie. Top left: the main character Sylvie; top right: cells in the pancreas; bottom left: swallowing cells in the ocean; and, bottom right: immune cells near the lining of the intestine.

In “Our Cells, our Selves” you are invited to a science-laced bedtime story with 7-year old Sylvie who is discovering the wonders of the immune system. Sylvie’s mother tells a story that takes us back hundreds of millions of years to explore Life’s balance of consuming food for energy while avoiding dangerous bacteria. Take a journey with a few familiar (and some very unfamiliar) organisms to learn how the balance between access to food and immune protection evolved to what we have in humans.  As we explore the human immune system, we learn that under rare circumstances, things can go wrong, leading to auto-immune diseases like Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.  The story closes with a look at the future of regenerative medicine and the potential for cures!

Ages Elementary school and up
Duration 16 min
Key topics immune system, metabolism, juvenile diabetes, nutrition



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